American Hearing Aid Associates, West Chester, Pa, announces that it is actively expanding its managed care alliances. Three of its most recent contracts include Georgia Retired Educators Association, Blue Cross-Blue Shield of North Carolina, and Texas A&M University System. Together, these organizations have about 100,000 members. Member benefits provided by AHAA include discounts on hearing aids, accessories, fittings, orientation, and routine maintenance. For information, contact AHAA at 800-984-3272; www.ahaabizlink.com.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Rockville, Md, announces the launch of Keep An Eye On Your Ears, its new multi-media public service campaign to raise awareness and educate the general public about hearing health. The program will be distributed to thousands of national television networks, newspapers and magazines, with the focus on the harmful effects of noise on hearing, health, and the quality of life. A major component of the campaign will be the use of several new brochures, including NOISE: Bad for Your Hearing, Bad for Your Health! For more information, (800) 638-8255, or visit www.asha.org.
CAOHC Hearing Conservation Manual
The Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC), Milwaukee, recently published the Hearing Conservation Manual, 4th Edition, by Alice Suter, PhD. This new manual includes revised and updated chapters, OSHAs regulatory changes, MSHAs Noise Regulation 30 CFR Part 62, reference tables, updated photos and graphs, completely revised annexes, and three American Standards Institute documents. To order a copy, call (414) 276-5338, or order electronically from the Web site, www.caohc.org/manual.html.
Oral Deaf Parent Kit
Oral Deaf Education, Palo Alto, Calif, offers a Comprehensive Parent Kit that introduces families to early intervention and oral deaf education. The kit includes a handbook designed to help new parents make informed choices in the first months after they learn their child has a hearing loss, the 20-minute video Dreams Spoken Here, article reprints, and a suggested parent reading list. The kit is available in both English and Spanish and is free of charge. (877) 672-5332; www.oraldeafed.org.
Audiology Foundation of America
The Audiology Foundation of America (AFA), West Lafayette, Ind, announces a new location for its headquarters. The new offices are: 8 North Third Street, Suite 406, Lafayette, IN 47901-1221. The companys phone numbers and Web site remain the same: (765) 743-6283, and www.audfound.org.
HearSuccess.com, Alexandria, La, announces the launch of a new interactive Web site for hearing healthcare professionals. HearSuccess.com will debut July 1, 2003, and will provide a tool designed to enhance professional and practice development. The sites features will include direct representative access (DRA), which will allow members of the site to have direct access and contact information of the sponsor representatives; the virtual exhibit hall, allowing companies to present new or existing products in various multimedia formats; and the product clearinghouse, which will offer manufacturers the opportunity to list their product information for easy search and order by HearSuccess.com. The Web sites interactive features will include digital grand rounds, a 24/7 think tank forum, and a newly-designed marketing toolkit, allowing members to design and create their own marketing materials including advertisements, newsletters, and personal Web sites.
Acoustic Associates presents the following upcoming conferences: Principles of Noise Assessment, June 24 in Chicago; Training Course in Audiometry and Hearing Conservation, June 25-27 and October 1-3 in Chicago; and the Refresher Seminar in Audiometry and Hearing Conservation, June 25-26 and September 30 in Chicago. For more information, contact Tracy, (847) 359-1068, or visit www.AcousticAssociates.com.